LIVE REPTILES LIVEN-UP ANY EVENT !
Extremely Entertaining and Educational
LIVE REPTILE DISPLAYS AND PRESENTATIONS,
Featuring up to Thirty Types of Rare, Colorful, Native and Exotic Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, and Tortoises,
For Close Encounters of the Scarey Kind.
Exciting Attraction and Wholesome Family Entertainment for your Event.
Ideal for Festivals, Fairs, Theme Parties, Nature Centers, Zoological Parks, Fundraising and Promotional Events, and Educational Institutions.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 200 - 500 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - Commercial Liability
What to Expect
Age of Reptiles provides affordable herpetology education and exciting hands-on live reptile encounters and displays for camps, nature centers, special events,etc.
Class Reptilia is our specialty and we use reptiles effectively as model for wildlife education. We have the largest and most diverse and representative collection of native and exotic reptiles in the state and our prices are competitive with all other local on-site animal exhibits and presentations. Our very experienced staff is professionally credentialed, trained and educated in the biological sciences, and can provide fascinating presentations interesting and educational to all ages and interest levels. This is not JUST for children. Adults will love this too! We do not sing, dance, or tell jokes. That does not mean we won't make you laugh and scream. We just provide a straight-forward in-depth, comprehensive experience with reptiles that no one else can match.
Age of Reptiles offers several program formats for any occasion. The most popular is the Free Standing Multi-Cage All-Day Display, attended to by Ed Stone and an experienced reptile handler. Dr. Stone and his assistant entertain the audience on a continuous schedule by creating “Close Encounters of the Scarey Kind” that fascinate and excite the public by allowing them to interact with the reptiles on an “up-close and personal” basis. All animals are carefully restrained and supervised for public contact, and proper hygiene is practiced at all times to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. The thirty different species in the display include many of the common forms native to the Midwest, as well as many large and spectacular exotics from all over the world. This type of display is ideal for Festivals, Fairs, Campus Family Weekends, Company Picnics and Open Houses, and any other casual event in which the public comes and goes on a continuous basis. Lectures with a slide show on the biology and natural history of reptiles, as well as other more specialized topics, are also available for nature centers and schools, and can be tailored to tie in with the curriculum.
“...you have a really wonderful exhibit and are doing a great service for reptiles...”
Ron Windingstad, Development Director, Madison Audubon Society (Mar ’04)
“...will you be able to join us again (for Madison Audubon Society Prairie Jubilee)? You certainly were a big hit last year, ...and your booth was the most popular one we had..”
Debra Weitzel, Vice President, Madison Audubon Society (Sept ’05)
“What a wonderful Job !!! You were, and still are the talk of the festival (Audubon Days, Mayville WI). People cannot say enough about your display, young and old, and what added excitement when your helper carried that Boa down into the crowd. ...you really work for your money! ...Thank you again so much and hope we’ll see you again next year.’
Carol Smith, Mayville Chamber of Commerce Entertainment Coordinator(Oct ’01).
“The guests at the show consistently praised three of its features: the sheer number of reptiles, the fun of interacting with them, and how much they learned from this visually stunning display. This is truly a show for all ages, fascinating scientists and laypersons alike. I am still receiving calls from people who saw the show and are interested in booking it for their own event. I enthusiastically recommend Age of Reptiles for your next event!”
Rebecca Pearlman, Ph.D. Biotechnology Instructor, Madison Area Technical College (May ’00).
“This exhibit is one of the best entertainment values I offer, and has become an integral and expected feature of some of my event packages. All of my clients have raved about this display!”
Betsy Jenkins, President, It’s Your Party Entertainment and Event Planning, Madison WI (July ’98)
“Amazing ! ... This display is impressive!”
Dr. Susan Hyland, Asst. Dean, UW School of Veterinary Medicine. (Open House, April 90)
“The 1988 Wi State Fair was one of the best ever for the Bureau of Endangered Resources. Much of that was due to your excellent display of reptiles...drawing in thousands of visitors each day...”
Ron Nicotera, Director, WI DNR Bureau of Endangered Resources (November ’88)
“The display that your organization has exhibited has been one of extreme pleasure and quality, and has been a tremendous asset to our annual Safari Day celebrations. I would certainly recommend the display to any organization...”
Louis F. Rhodes, Director, Racine Zoo (April ’84)
Herpetologist and Veterinarian Ed Stone
has been breeding reptiles and entertaining audiences with them at events all over Wisconsin for the past thirty years. He has also worked extensively with the Wisconsin Herpetological Society and with the WI-DNR in conservation measures that resulted in the passage of laws and regulation changes that protect Wisconsin herpetofauna from habitat destruction and exploitation.
Additional Booking Notes
My standard all-day display consists of over a dozen display enclosures with ~20 types of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises with myself and an assistant handler attending to the public. Indoor presentations need to be in a well-lit area with access to electricity. Outdoor displays need to be under a tent or canopy (~15 X 15 feet) set up on a lawn (not pavement, gravel) and the exhibit enclosures need to be set on top of tables. Eight standard 6 ft. utility tables, or equivalent surface space, arranged in a rectangle, or along a wall, are needed for this (see photos). The fee for the standard all-day display is from $500 to $1000 for one day and $500 for each consecutive day, as long as everything can remain in the tent overnight and me and my assistant are also allowed to camp in the tent overnight, since we can't leave the reptiles unattended. Larger displays may be available for an additional fee. Smaller displays and shorter presentations can also be provided. Travel expenses may apply beyond SE WI. We are available April through October in the state of Wisconsin only.
Upcoming Booked Events
|September 22, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Festival|
Past Booked Events
|August 26, 2017 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|August 09, 2016–August 10, 2016 • 10:00pm - 12:00am||Religious Celebration|
|June 04, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Festival|
Indoors: 8 standard 6-ft. utility tables, strong lighting, and electricity. Outdoors: tent or canopy, and tables.
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